Let’s face it: the aerospace and defense industries do not have good track records when it comes to keeping new product developments on-time and on-budget. And, like many other industries, they suffer from the habitual problems of inefficiencies throughout the sales, production and customer-support chains. Throw in the added pressures of squeezed income levels and rising costs and you have the makings of a major management headache.
Leadership and management skills are crucial in today’s maintenance sector, and speakers at this year’s NBAA Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) underscored that point.
Managing a flight department is a task equally as challenging as any confronted by other executives within a company. It involves dealing with talented people, each of whom might have his or her own thoughts about how best to run the show. The dollar investment in equipment is large, and the responsibility is significantly larger.